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Pellet gun proposal responds to shooting tragedies with kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - BB guns and pellet guns would have to look clearly different from those that fire bullets to be sold in California under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate in response to several recent shooting tragedies involving children.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Lawmaker convicted of voter fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Woman, 81, shot during home invasion

OAKLAND (AP) - An 81-year-old Oakland woman was shot and wounded Tuesday by an intruder in her usually tranquil neighborhood.

January 28, 2014 | | State


As drought continues, feds could seize water

FRESNO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Punjabi Americans flex political muscle, open wallets in Manteca

The biggest money contributors in the 2010 Manteca mayoral candidates weren't developers. It was members of the Punjabi American community.

January 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | State


Female ranks declining in legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Dry winter means bad air in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Drought is forcing ranchers to sell cattle

AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Californians of Indian descent are rising force in state politics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Parents wants teen son to surrender after sister slain

OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Hearing focuses on Bay Bridge mistakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After numerous delays and cost overruns, pressure to complete the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge led to pieces being created with cracked welds and other subpar work, government and private engineers told a state Senate commission on Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Appeals court rejects docking of lawmakers' pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Friday that state Controller John Chiang overstepped his constitutional powers in 2011 when he withheld state lawmakers' paychecks after he decided they had not passed a balanced budget.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Feds sign off on San Francisco hospital's reforms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal regulators have approved a San Francisco hospital's plans to beef up its security procedures after the a patient was found dead in a locked stairwell more than two weeks after she went missing from her room, hospital officials said Friday.

January 24, 2014 | | State


Brown wants court rulings overturned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday petitioned the California Supreme Court to overturn two lower-court rulings that have stalled progress on the state's high-speed rail project, one of the nation's most expensive public works projects.

January 24, 2014 | | State


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Massive traffic expected in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Stranded woman rescued after giving birth in forest

OROVILLE (AP) - Authorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Group seeking to pull plug on offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.

June 30, 2015 | | State


New laws affect lead ammo, paid sick leave, smartphones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 6 million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Firefighters getting handle on Markleeville

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - After nearly two weeks, a 28-square-mile blaze south of Markleeville in Alpine County is more than 55 percent contained.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Farmer in field dies in bee attack near tractor

RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) - A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Legislature passes strict vaccine bill

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Wet weekend helps wildfire fights

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - A damp weekend helped firefighters stop the growth of a huge Southern California wildfire, one of many burning around the state.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Teen cleared of slaying arrested on same charge

MERCED (AP) - A teenager spent the night at a central California jail after he was arrested on a warrant for a murder charge a judge had cleared him of months earlier.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Lightning strikes spark new wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight have sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.

June 28, 2015 | | State


35 counties extend health care to illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.

June 28, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers tie $20 million in grants to police use of force

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state budget that takes effect on Wednesday includes $20 million in grants for local law enforcement agencies, but lawmakers are linking the money to the national debate over killings by police.

June 28, 2015 | | State


Pest fruit flies found in Cupertino

CUPERTINO (AP) - A state lab has found a fruit fly infestation in a Northern California neighborhood.

June 28, 2015 | | State


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